Peter Carravetta, PhD
Alfonse M. D'Amato Endowed Chair in Italian American Studies
One of the nation's premiere authorities on Italian and Italian American studies, Peter Carravetta, PhD, was named Stony Brook University’s first Alfonse M. D’Amato Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies in 2008. An author, artist and translator, Carravetta secured both a Fulbright Junior Research Grant in 1999 and a Fulbright Senior Lectureship Award in 2003, and has published more than 100 articles and shorter works, as well as several full length studies of literary theory and rhetoric. Born in Italy, he is also the current coordinator of Stony Brook’s Italian American Studies department.
Carravetta received his BA in English from City College (CUNY) in 1973, his MA in Italian from City College in 1975, and his PhD from New York University in 1983. He joined the faculty at Queens College in that same year, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and became a full professor in 1992.
His diverse research interests include Italian and French critical theory, postmodernism, Italian American studies, migration and post-colonial studies, early modern Europe, and poetics. His informed and innovative approaches to these topics have resulted in his being selected for visiting professorships at the University of Rome II (Tor Vergata), University of Calabria (UNICAL), the University of Paris VIII (University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis), Middlebury College, and Columbia University.